The examination syllabus for the Nepali Army as per the new style of the Public Service Commission (PSC) has been analyzed, based on the Army Headquarters.
The Nepali Army was under stress after half of the total applicants aspiring to join the force were cannot pass the exam.
Each year, the success rate has been below 80 percent in the force.
A evaluate committee chaired by a member of the PSC reviewed the syllabus two months ago, based on Nepali Army Headquarters spokesperson and Brigadier General Bigyan Dev Pandey.
A four-member review committee going by Krishna Chandra Jha, the PSC member, reviewed the syllabus of two separate papers, each with 100 full marks, for the posts of officers’ cadet ( second lieutenant), junior commissioned officers ( JCOs ) and non-commissioned junior officers ( NCOs).
The review committee members integrated Defence Secretary, Adjutant General, and Directorate of Recruitment Selection as member secretary. A meeting of review committee kept on April 8, 2019, took the decision, based on Pandey.
According to the review in the syllabus, now all levels of examinees willing to join the NA will be taking 50 percent exams in the PSC format and remaining 50 percent in the format ready by the NA. The minimum pass mark in each category is 40 out of total 100 marks.
As per the reviewed syllabus, the examinees showing for the posts of JCO and NCOs do not have to translate Nepali texts into English and vice versa, he said.
In the meantime, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and spokesperson of the Armed Police Force (APF) Suraj Kumar Shrestha declared that the Headquarters had submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs seeking a review in the syllabus prepared for the APF job applicants.
After the PSC had started taking the assessment of all four security bodies including the National Investigation Department, the pass rate of the examinees has declined quickly.
“We still need 7, 635 soldiers to fill up the vacancies produced after the retirement of soldiers, but we are finding it difficult to make up the gap due to the tough examination model of the PSC,” Pandey stated.
During the fiscal year 2018/19, only 154 out of 3, 773 applicants passed the examination taken for the post of second lieutenants. The vacancy was called for 200 officers. Also, in 2018/19 only 737 had passed the exams taken for the vacancies of 3, 916 soldiers.